The six-lined racerunner is a fast, alert ground dweller that don’t usually climb trees. Also called “field-streaks” and “sand lappers,” racerunners are close kin to the whiptail lizards you might know from the western United States.
A large aquatic turtle with a big pointed head, long thick tail, and small lower shell, the snapping turtle is common throughout the state, anywhere there is permanent water. Conservation of this species involves regulated hunting.
The attractively spotted southern leopard frog is an excellent jumper and quickly leaps into water when startled. The males’ chuckling calls entertain us even as they function to attract females for breeding. Found statewide except for the northwestern corner.
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